State Rep. Juandalynn Givan (D-Birmingham) is not backing down from her racist Tuesday tirade in which she referred to the only black Alabama GOP lawmaker as an "N-word."
On Thursday, 1819 News reported on Givan's comments from the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives, where she used a 2017 song to refer to State Rep. Kenneth Paschal (R-Pelham) as an "N-word."
The 2017 song is titled "The Story of O.J.," by Jay-Z, in which the artist makes frequent use of the racial epithet.
The song's hook reads as follows:
“Light ni**a, dark ni**a, faux ni**a, real ni**a
Rich ni**a, poor ni**a, house ni**a, field ni**a
Still ni**a, still ni**a”
During House proceedings Thursday, Givan referenced the 1819 News' report, claiming it was not the first time she has referenced the song, and it "may not be the last." She also did not apologize to Paschal or the chamber as a whole.
"To a reporting agency out there who wrote a story on me, [I've] been speaking about 'The Story of O.J.' since the song came out in 2018," Givan said. "APT (Alabama Public Television) has recorded me several times on that, so it wouldn't have been the first time two days ago, yesterday, and it may not be the last. I spoke about it about myself. So when you write a story on me, you need to make sure you get it right, and you need to tell it the right way. 2018, 2019, I've said it and stated it in this chamber multiple times and referenced it in multiple ways. And it has been recorded and properly documented."
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